|Senior Amigo Wins Premiere Stakes
on Opening Night at Lone Star; Betting Up 16% From 2005
(April 14, 2006) - Senor Amigo, trained by Steve Asmussen,
rolled to a front-running four-length win over Andanight in Thursday's
$50,000 Premiere Stakes, the opening night feature at Lone Star
Park at Grand Prairie's 66-date Spring Thoroughbred Season.
Senor Amigo, ridden by Glen Murphy and carrying 116 pounds, covered
the one mile in 1:37.38 and paid $11.80, $6.20 and $5. Anadnight
returned $14 and $6.80. Lightsnatcher was third and paid $4.20.
Corpus Sand, the 5-2 betting choice in the field of 11, finished
a non-threatening seventh.
The win was the fourth in 17 lifetime starts for Senor Amigo and
was worth $30,000 to owner William Howard, raising the career earnings
of the 6-year-old Texas-bred son of Distorted Humor to $110,140.
Thursday's victory was Senor Amigo's first career stakes win.
The victory came before a crowd of 8,715, which was a 1.3% increase
over the 8,603 in attendance on opening night at Lone Star a year
ago. Total handle jumped 16% to $3.2 million thanks to a $400,000
increase off-track. The big night fell just $14,000 short of the
2002 opening night handle record. On-track live betting for the
10-race card totaled $790,107, which was up 5.6% from a year ago.
Live racing at Lone Star Park continues Friday at 6:35 p.m. CT
with a 10-race program. After the races around 11 p.m., country
music artist Chris Cagle will perform live on a stage near the main
Saturday's 11-race program begins at 1:35 p.m. and features the
$75,000 Irving Distaff, a 7 ½-furlong turf event for fillies
and mares, and a post-race concert by two-time Grammy winner Lee
Ann Womack. Jason Boland & The Stragglers are the special opening
act at approximately 6:30 p.m.
Opening weekend concludes Sunday with a nine-race program at 1:35
p.m. Activities for the entire family include a 30,000 Easter Egg
Hunt for children 10 and under.